Animated Icons in PowerPoint Part 2

This post is the second in a series about constructing icons as PowerPoint objects and adding impact with animation. The first post provided some general guidelines and several examples. Here are some additional icons.

Urgency/Responsiveness Icon – Stopwatch

A stopwatch can represent urgency (time running out) or quick action (“15 minutes can save you…”). Here’s a video of the animation:

The icons in this series are made of standard PowerPoint shapes wherever possible; the stopwatch is no exception. Here are the parts:


The body of the watch is made from an Oval and two “Round Same Side Corner Rectangles (!!)” for the buttons. The stopwatch face is one of the clock faces from my post on Clock Icons. The stopwatch hand is a Triangle grouped with two Ovals; the outer oval/circle is added so that the hand will rotate around the desired point.

Here’s the assembled and colored stopwatch; the outer circle on the hand is invisible (no color):


For the animation, the button clicks (moves down and up quickly), the hand moves, the button clicks again, and the hands stop. Here’s the animation pane:


Some notes:

  • The button click is a hand-drawn down and up Custom Motion Path; zoom in and use drawing guides to start and end the path carefully at the center of the object. This avoids a “jump” at the beginning of the animation. For other kinds of paths, this centering is done automatically.
  • The stopwatch hand rotation is done in four steps – you may choose to do it in one smooth step.
  • I duplicated the button with the animation to create the second click; after the first click, the button is replaced by the duplicated one. This seemed easier than trying to draw a second path for the object.

Improvement/Increase Icon – Graph(s)

A simplified line or bar graph can indicate improvement, progress or increase in a quantity (e.g., sales or revenue). Animation draws attention to the growth or increase. Here are the animations:

The line graph shows an increase in a monetary value (the first post in this series used stacking currency for this concept):


The dollar sign, the axes and the line are point-measured; I converted them to pngs so the icon can be resized easily. The dollar sign and the axes form a group.

The bar graph is similar:graph2

The dollar sign and axes are converted and grouped as before.  The bars are separate rectangles.

In the line chart, the line is animated by Wipe From Bottom.  In the bar chart, each bar is wiped in sequence.

A “pie chart” can be used to show a gain in market share.  Here’s the animation:

The graph is constructed of three pieces:


The red segment (a Pie shape) has a circle (in red) added; this forces the Wedge In animation to work the way I want it to.

The full circle appears (along with the partial circle.  The red sector appears (Wedge In) and moves to the right.  At the same time, the full circle disappears, leaving the partial circle. The animation pane:


These examples are conceptual graphs and don’t reflect any particular data. “Real” graphs (Excel “charts”) can be animated with similar techniques (maybe I’ll write a post on that subject).

Email Icon – Sending and Receiving

Impact can be added to the familiar email icon by animation; this video shows a “receive” and a “send” animation:

The envelope consists of four parts:


The front of the envelope (a group) consists of triangles and Pentagon shapes. The flap group is two triangles.  The back of the envelope is a rectangle and the raised flap is a triangle. The message group is a rectangle with a column of narrow rectangles suggesting text lines:


The front-to-back ordering of the elements is shown below:email3

For the send animation, the message is moved “into” the envelope. The envelope is closed by an Exit/Collapse/To Top effect on the raised flap (the To Top is because the standard triangle has been inverted) and a Enter/Stretch/To Bottom effect on the flap.  The receive animation is similar with some operations reordered.  Here is the animation pane:


This icon is similar to the file folder animation in the first post.  The combination Collapse/Stretch is useful in other situations; e.g., opening a book.

As usual, if you want a free copy of a PowerPoint file containing these icons so that you can use them in your presentations, use the form below and ask for “animated icons, part 2,” or ask for a specific icon:

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